Delaine Heritage Trust, 8 Spalding Road, Bourne, Lincolnshire, PE10 9LE

Tel 01778 422866                    

Delaine Heritage Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation
Registered Charity No: 1164647

Member of:
National Association of Road Transport Museums           
The Leyland Society

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8 Spalding Road, Bourne, Lincolnshire, PE10 9LE

Normally open on the second Saturday of the month (Mar-Oct) 12.00pm-4.00pm

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The Delaine Heritage Trust was established in 2015 by the Delaine-Smith family. To establish and maintain a museum for the benefit of the public dedicated to preserving, promoting and displaying in perpetuity the collection of heritage buses, photographs, documents, artefacts and memorabilia of Delaine Buses of Bourne, Lincolnshire, one of England’s oldest independent bus operators for the purposes of education, reference, research and general interest.

The origins of Delaine Buses can be traced back to 1890 when the family introduced horse-drawn vehicles to take people to local markets. The first motor bus was introduced in 1919 and daily services from Bourne to Peterborough, Stamford, Spalding and Grantham were all established by 1923. Today the 30 strong fleet based on the original site in Spalding Road, Bourne, Lincolnshire is managed by the fifth and sixth generation's of the Delaine-Smith family and the core business is still based around some of the original services, with the ethos of quality, continuity and reliability is as important today as its always been.

The Delaine Bus Museum was officially opened in 2019 and the centrepiece are the six members of the Delaine Heritage Fleet, with all but one spending their entire working lives with Delaine and at least one of them being built in each of the last five decades of the 20th Century.
The Museum also contains:
The Delaine Timeline from 1890 to the present day.
The Display Office and Workshop
Captioned A2 photographs of former fleet members.
Documents, Artefacts and Memorabilia relating to Delaine and the wider bus industry.
A tribute to Coachbuilders WS Yeates of Loughborough.
The story of neighbour Raymond Mays, pioneer Racing Driver and founder of the ERA & BRM Motor Racing teams whose factories are now part of the Delaine premises.



In the interests of the well-being of our volunteers and visitors, in view of the layout of the Museum and the strict requirements for social distancing etc, it is with deep regret that the Delaine Bus Museum will not re-open for the remainder of our 2020 season. We are currently planning to re-open at the beginning of our 2021 season on March 13.

Heritage Bus Running Day: Saturday 26th September 2020

The 2020 event has been cancelled
but will return on September 25 2021